Pilot, Episode 1 - Two Doors Down
One-off comedy set in a chaotic New Year's party thrown by Eric and Beth Baird as they count down to the bells in traditional Scottish style with their two sons Ian and Angus, Beth's unpredictable sister Caroline and their Latimer Crescent neighbours.
Joining the Bairds' Hogmanay celebrations are aspirational friends Colin and Cathy; Norwegian neighbours Henning and Nina; Ian's exuberant and outgoing partner Tony; and teenager Sophie, who's been left home alone while her parents are away.
As friends and family gather, Eric and Beth hope the highlight of the night will be the return of their son, Angus who's currently serving in Iraq.
A lively evening is assured as drink flows, tempers fray, and Beth's legendary steak pie comes out of the oven.
- Tuesday 31st December 2013
- BBC One
- 60 minutes
Show past repeats
|Friday 3rd January 2014||2:30am||BBC2|
|Monday 28th December 2015||9:00pm||BBC2 Scot|
|Monday 28th December 2015||10:50pm||BBC2|
|Sunday 31st December 2017||10:15pm||Gold|
|Monday 1st January 2018||1:25am||Gold|
|Sunday 29th December 2019||9:00pm||BBC Scotland|
|Wednesday 1st January 2020||10:55pm||BBC Scotland|
|Sunday 27th December 2020||9:00pm||BBC Scotland|
Cast & crew
|Mark Freeland||Executive Producer|
|Saurabh Kakkar||Executive Producer|
|Andy Harris||Production Designer|
Everyone weary of Hogmanay's forced merriment will relish this comedy. We're told that New Year celebrations are all about spending time with family and friends, raising a glass together and opening a shortbread tin in tipsy harmony. Rubbish! Has anyone ever actually spent a New Year like that? Mine are always soured by the memory of the year before when I made a list of saintly resolutions, long since trashed. I'm so bad at keeping them that I needn't make new ones; I'll just endlessly recycle last year's list and hate myself more each time.
So those for whom Hogmanay is about guilt, despair and plain old grumpiness will find a collection of kindred spirits here.
The action takes place in a tidy suburban house as Eric and Beth prepare to host a Hogmanay party but things go wrong from the beginning, starting with the small matter of there being no crisps, and when the riotous family and friends descend things get worse still, ending in leaps from the bathroom window and Viking axe attacks.Julie McDowall, The National (Scotland), 28th December 2015